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Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL look familiar, but are more affordable

At $399 and $479, respectively, the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL look almost like the Pixel 3 phones -- but they don't have as many hardware features.

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Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL

At Google I/O this year, the tech giant announced a pair of new phones: the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL. Though they share the names as the company's current flagships, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the Pixel 3A and 3A XL are cheaper, with fewer top hardware features.

Read CNET's reviews of the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL here.

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Google Pixel 3A

The Pixel 3A has a 5.6-inch, 1080p display and comes in a new color Google calls Purple-ish.

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Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 3

Designed to look similar, both the Pixel 3A (left) and Pixel 3 have a lightweight, unibody design, a matte finish with a glossy shade on the back and a rear fingerprint reader.  

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Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 3

But there are some differences. The Pixel 3A is bigger and made out of polycarbonate instead of glass like the Pixel 3.   

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Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 3

The Pixel 3A also has a yellow-green power button instead of the Pixel 3's orange button. Its bottom bezel is thicker and the display is a tad larger.  

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Google Pixel 3A

Unlike the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3A doesn't have wireless charging, it's not water-resistant, it doesn't have a second wide-angle front-facing camera and it doesn't come bundled with PixelBuds earbuds.

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Google Pixel 3A

What it does have is a headphone jack and you can get it from more carriers. In the US, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular will sell the phones. The phone works on AT&T's network too if you buy it unlocked, but you can't get it directly from the network.

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Google Pixel 3A

On the front is an 8-megapixel camera and on the back is a 12.2-megapixel shooter. Again, the rear camera is the same as the one on the Pixel 3 phones.

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Google Pixel 3A

The phone runs Android 9.0 and features Google Assistant, which you can launch by squeezing the phone's sides. Click through for more photos of the Pixel 3A.

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Google Pixel 3A XL

The Pixel 3A XL is the bigger counterpart of the Pixel 3A. It features a 6-inch display and a slightly larger battery.

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Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3A XL

Unlike the Pixel 3 XL (left), the Pixel 3A XL doesn't have an onscreen notch.

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Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3A XL

The Pixel 3A XL has a less powerful Snapdragon 670 processor too. The Pixel 3 phones have a Snapdragon 845 chipset.

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Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3A XL

Another look at the Pixel 3 XL (left) and Pixel 3A XL.

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Google Pixel 3A XL

Click through more pictures of the Pixel 3A XL.

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Google Pixel 3A XL and Pixel 3A

New to the Pixel 3A XL (left) and Pixel 3A cameras is the ability to shoot time-lapse video. You can set your frames to record at certain time intervals and you'll see exactly how long your video will be in real time.

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Google Pixel 3A XL and Pixel 3A

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Google Pixel 3A XL and Pixel 3A

Though the Pixel 3A and 3A XL don't have as much high-end hardware as the original Pixel 3, Google still managed to make a solid, budget-minded phone. Compared with the more affordable flagship options of competitors like the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10E, the Pixel 3A doesn't have features like water resistance or wireless charging. But if you want the latest software from Google and you want to take fantastic photos -- all at a few hundreds of dollars less than the other phones -- the Pixel 3A is worth considering.

Read CNET's reviews of the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL here.  

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